by Malcolm Curtis | swissinfo.ch | December 7, 2011
The issue is “one of the remaining human rights challenges of our time”, Clinton said in a forceful address at the European headquarters of the United Nations. “Gay rights are human rights,” she told an assembly of diplomats and invited guests in a presentation made in recognition of Human Rights Day, which is celebrated on December 10.
The victims of discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people “are in many ways an invisible minority”, Clinton said. “Many are treated with contempt and violence by their fellow citizens while authorities empowered to protect them look the other way or, too often, even join in the abuse,” she said.
“They are denied opportunities to work and learn, driven from their homes and countries and forced to suppress or deny who they are to protect themselves from harm.”
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